Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 2016

Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 2016

Amazon does the Kindle Daily Deal (at AmazonSmile…benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), which used to discount four books a day (often general fiction, a romance, a science fiction/fantasy book, and a kids’ book). Now, it seems like it is generally more books than that, and not categorized.

They also do Monthly Kindle Book Deals for $3.99 or less each (at AmazonSmile). There used to be about 100 of them, but there are ten times that now: 311 at the time of writing…904 fewer than last month. I think last month was so high because they carried some of them over from the holiday sales in December. They are up to 85% off…but some of them are more than the normal $3.99 top limit. Weirdly, the most expensive one I found was $12.99 (which is down sixty-five cents from last month), and did not appear to be discounted…I thought that might be a fluke last time, but having it happen four months in a row is a pattern. This time, there were also two titles higher than $3.99…better than last month where there were two pages. 😉

Those prices only apply to the USA, and one weird thing is that some of the books seem to sell out at that price sometimes (or become unavailable for some other reason).

Another thing is that 113 (557 less than last month…which is actually also a considerably lower percentage) of these are available through

Kindle Unlimited (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)

Amazon lists that information prominently…and it’s now commonly a filter in search results. If they are, then you need to consider whether it is worth buying them…even at these low prices. While they are in KU, you can, if you are a subscriber (and there’s a free month available right now), read them at no additional cost. There are, of course, advantages to owning books, especially if you want to re-read them. A book could move out of KU at any time. Even if you think you want to own it, if you are a KU member, you could always read it first to make sure. 😉 I will mark them with KU.

By the way, in the new version of the

eReaderIQ advanced search

you can make KU a filter. So, you can search for books by an author, a keyword, an average customer review which you can read as part of your KU membership…nice! I’m not associated with eReaderIQ except as a user (we have had some correspondence), but I do think it is the most valuable website for Kindleers.

I’m going to list some of the books in this sale that caught my eye…I’m not necessarily recommending them, but I do think they are interesting.

The ones I link (if I actually link to specific books) also don’t block text-to-speech access**…but I think blocking it is becoming rarer.

  • The Hope Beach Collection: Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, Seagrass Pier (The Hope Beach Series) by Colleen Coble
  • The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry by Ned Sublette and Constance Sublette
  • Take Your Eye Off the Ball 2.0: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look by Pat Kirwan and David Seigerman
  • The Paradise Trilogy by Ted Dekker
  • Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government by Dr. Larry Arnn
  • My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One Night Stands (A Chelsea Handler Book/Borderline Amazing Publishing) by Chelsea Handler
  • One Night: Promised (The One Night Trilogy Book 1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • A Hobbit, a Wardrobe, and a Great War: How J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis Rediscovered Faith, Friendship, and Heroism…by Joseph Loconte
  • The Perfect Assassin by Ward Larsen
  • Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men: An Utterly Invigorating Guide to Being Your Most Masculine Self by Stephen Mansfield and William Boykin
  • Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies by J. B. West and Mary Lynn Kotz
  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg and Deepak Chopra
  • The Rise of Islamic State: ISIS and the New Sunni Revolution by Patrick Cockburn
  • Against All Enemies (A Jonathan Grave Thriller Book 7) by John Gilstrap
  • Fly By Wire: A Jammer Davis Thriller by Ward Larsen
  • Delights and Prejudices by James Beard and Julia Child
  • What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine by Danielle Ofri
  • No Quarter Asked by Janet Dailey
  • Manning: A Father, His Sons and a Football Legacy by Peyton Manning and Archie Manning
  • Splintered by A. G. Howard (and other books in the series)
  • Black Like Me: The Definitive Griffin Estate Edition by John Howard Griffin and Robert Bonazzi
  • 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life: A Psychologist Learns from His Patients What Really Works…by Henry Cloud
  • The China Study All-Star Collection: Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes from Your Favorite Vegan Chefs by LeAnne Campbell and T. Colin Campbell
  • The Addictocarb Diet: Avoid the 9 Highly Addictive Carbs While Eating Anything Else You Want by Bruce Roseman and Kenneth Paul Rosenberg
  • January 1973: Watergate, Roe v. Wade, Vietnam, and the Month That Changed America Forever by James Robenalt and John W. Dean
  • Sleep in the Woods by Dorothy Eden KU
  • Tomorrowland: Our Journey from Science Fiction to Science Fact by Steven Kotler KU
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
  • I Am Crying All Inside: And Other Stories (The Complete Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak Book 1) by Clifford D. Simak and David W. Wixon (also available through Kindle Unlimited: KU)
  • The Fight in the Clouds: The Extraordinary Combat Experience of P-51 Mustang Pilots During World War II by James P. Busha
  • The Language of Hoofbeats by Catherine Ryan Hyde KU
  • Tracks of Her Tears (Rogue Winter Novella Book 1 by Melinda Leigh KU
  • Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life by Gladys Hunt
  • Silent Cry: The True Story of Abuse and Betrayal of an NFL Wife by Dorothy J. Newton and Sheila Walsh
  • Graveyard of Memories (A John Rain Novel) by Barry Eisler KU
  • Crimes Against Magic (The Hellequin Chronicles Book 1) (and other books in the series) by Steve McHugh KU
  • If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer by The Goldman Family and Pablo F. Fenjves
  • Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis and Gilbert Ford
  • You Look Like That Girl: A Child Actor Stops Pretending and Finally Grows Up by Lisa Jakub
  • Ferment Your Vegetables: A Fun and Flavorful Guide to Making Your Own Pickles, Kimchi, Kraut, and More by Amanda Feifer
  • War Brides by Helen Bryan
  • Dawn (The Xenogenesis Trilogy Book 1) by Octavia E. Butler KU
  • Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston
  • The House by the Sea by May Sarton and Beverly Hallam

It’s definitely worth looking at the list: I’d be surprised if you couldn’t find a gift for somebody here (e-books from the Kindle store can be delayed until the appropriate gift giving occasion).

I noticed a few themes:  there were a number of faith-based books, books about sex, and vegetarian cookbooks. Hmm…I don’t think that’s a matrix. 😉

If there were others you’d like to mention for me and my readers, please comment on this post.

Prime members, don’t forget to pick up your

Kindle First books (at AmazonSmile*)

You can get one of the six (same as last month…previously, it had been four) books to own (not borrow) for free…these are books which will be actually released next month. The choices this month are:

  • The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy Book 1) by Joe Hart (thriller)
  • Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella (romantic suspense)
  • North of Here by Laurel Saville (contemporary fiction)
  • Little Sister (A James Palatine Novel) by Giles O’Bryen (international thriller)
  • Winter Men by Jesper Bugge Kold, K.E. Semmel (war fiction)
  • All the Lasting Things by David Hopson (literary fiction)

People like to know which one I pick…and this month, I could have gotten several of them. Last month, I had Alexa (in our Amazon Echo) randomly pick one…that one was okay. I think I’m going with North of Here. Might work well for my Significant Other on the treadmill, which is one of the goals. 😉 It does look like it might be downbeat, though…we’ll read those, but I don’t think that making people feel bad equals literary significance. 🙂 I may need to rethink my approach to this. These books all become part of KU, so maybe I should make the decision based on what other people in my account in the future may want to read, not what we want to read right now…


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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.

** A Kindle with text-to-speech can read any text downloaded to it…unless that access is blocked by the publisher inserting code into the file to prevent it. That’s why you can have the device read personal documents to you (I’ve done that). I believe that this sort of access blocking disproportionately disadvantages the disabled, although I also believe it is legal (provided that there is at least one accessible version of each e-book available, however, that one can require a certification of disability). For that reason, I don’t deliberately link to books which block TTS access here (although it may happen accidentally, particularly if the access is blocked after I’ve linked it). I do believe this is a personal decision, and there  are legitimate arguments for purchasing those books. 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.


4 Responses to “Monthly Kindle Deals for $3.99 or less each: February 2016”

  1. Lady Galaxy Says:

    I continue to be frustrated by the lack of a sci-fi selection. I chose Ghost Gifts as my Kindle First this time around despite the romantic suspense designation. I’m hoping for more suspense and less romance, but one never knows. I used the “look inside” feature on the webpage to read the sample selections, and this book seemed most like one I’d want to continue to read.

    I also had two preorders download to my Kindle in the wee small hours of the morning. One was “Darkness Fair,” the second book in the The Dark Cycle Series. The first book, “Darkness Brutal” was my July Kindle first selection. It’s available through KU, but I dropped my membership in KU last month. I kept track of books I purchased last month that were available from KU, and it amounted to less than I would have paid for the monthly subscription. Still, there are a few “on the fence” books that I would have probably taken a chance on through KU but wasn’t willing to take a chance on through a purchase.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Lady!

      For me, KU hasn’t been about getting books I would have bought’s largely about reading books I wouldn’t have bought, in some cases due to cost. There are books in KU that I want to read, but I just don’t want to pay $10 for them. Since I have another reader actively on my account, that’s another big plus for KU.

  2. Phink Says:

    Off topic but I wanted to at least inform you of this audible interview of Jim Dale, the narrator for Harry Potter. The interview is very short but very enjoyable. As I have said on here before Jim Dale has the best production I have ever heard a narrator do and I have about 150 audio books. If you think it’s worthy of sharing with your audience you could just share this on this post or write your own words about it and just repost the link yourself. If you think it’s worth sharing.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Phink!

      Oh, I shared yours…and I definitely think it’s worth it! I have nothing against audiobooks, and consider them a significant art form. I’m a huge fan of voice artists, and I listen to dramatic old time radio (OTR), which has some similarities with audiobooks. I just prefer not to have an audiobook be the first way I read a work of fiction.

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